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Friday, November 14, 2008

So Great a Salvation

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
"Let God be magnified!"
(Psalms 70:4 NKJV)

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away... How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation ... ? (Hebrews 2:1-3 NKJV)

Then [Jesus] turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (Luke 7:44-47 NKJV)

Many Christians grew up attending a church where God's Word was esteemed, decided at a young age to walk with Jesus, and have never strayed far from the straight and narrow. A good many others waded miserably in the mire of sin before gratefully receiving so great a salvation.

The second group knows the shame of many sins. But no Christian has been forgiven little. The manifestations may have been different, but all have fallen into anger, lust, and especially pride.

All must earnestly heed the Bible, lest we neglect so great a salvation. All must remain vigilant that Self does not dethrone the Lord, even momentarily. All those who seek God out are compelled to love much.

If we love so great a salvation, let us say continually, "Let God be magnified!" in our lives. He will show us how to do so and enable us.

Lord, You paid the highest possible price for our salvation, because You love much. Please let each of us understand how great a salvation we have received. Please let us value so great a salvation not upon a limited perception of sin, but upon its great cost to You. Please enable each of us to love You much and to show it.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
~ Robert Robinson, 1735-1790, Come Thou Fount

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